The Eastern Africa Region MUN has evolved to become one of the critical forums in the Eastern Africa Region for young people to engage in and discuss pertinent international and regional issues of development. Whilst evaluating the 2007 EARMUN in Kampala, 2008 EARMUN in Arusha, and the 2009 EARMUN with a gap of about 3 years without this auspicious forum, the organizers committed to rejuvenating the program and improving the EARMUN 2013 experience for participants and make the forum a meaningful tool for the region, hosted by YUNA – Tanzania, focusing energy and climate change, The theme was ‘‘Energy and climate change Post 2015 –Youths’ vision towards sustainable development ’’ from 7th to 11th October 2013.
The conference was attended by about 300 youth form 10 African countries, with distribution by country, age and sex.
The Conference had four (4) sub themes focusing on:
a. Technology Transfer & sharing the burden on the impacts of climate change.
b. Carbon Emission and Trade
c. Access to energy and energy use
d. Renewable and non-renewable energy
As a leader
As part of the secretariat, we had a different accommodation from the delegates, this was to make sure that each of the officials and the secretariat team members gets to know and socialize with other members from the different committees.
With daily excursions in the evenings and time to time gathering with delegates to make sure we have the position papers are well and each of the delegates understand the context, understanding the rules of procedure and understanding the negotiations tactics.
With having people with different experiences and backgrounds, traditions and nations, the smartest element is we are worked up as a team for one great and successful experience if our lifetime.
Chairing the Committee
As a head leader of the committee, my all-time focus had always been dedicated to the success of the conference objectives, and of course a balanced draft resolution from my own caucus.
Thus, making sure all delegates understand the theme well and being able to be good representatives was my priority, with my team, we were able and available to assist the delegates on any concern 24/7, both physical and through communication media.
Joining the hands, team work
For new delegates to MUN, we had a greater role of assisting helping them out with their research for the topic and understand the theme, basically through referring to internet research and follow-ups on media, news and reports relevant to the matters.
Don't miss out the Opening Ceremony
One of the most inspiring moments in this conference during the very first day of the conference was the opening ceremony, where we actually got to hear great speeches from great people with reputation and experience like the government figures invited, high officials from the UN system, ambassadors, organizations representatives and many other key figures.
Wonderful Busy moments!
As part of the secretariat, we experienced the busy days from day to day from the beginning to the end of the conference, this is because of the full time management and leadership roles and duties, one great experience had been during the lunch hours, of which we had to be having a nice lunch and a diplomatic chat with other delegates, sometimes lobbying each other so they agree on the subject matter and sign your paper as referees, with enough sponsors your proposition paper is a success to the committee. I remember missing out my lunch and got this!
Another great experience is a city tour, to discover the place and understand the native, this included the tour to various parts of the city and some of the greatest parts we visited was the Tanzania National Museum where we learnt a lot about the Tanzania and African history, a ferry ride to the other side of the city, later in the evening before dinner we had a cultural night where all delegates dress in a native national attire or a traditional outfit which distinguishes the national characteristics and we get to learn and observe, admire and appreciate the cultures.
Last conference day, a closing ceremony has been even inspirational to an extent that you actually get to make memorable moments with iconic individuals, friends and we got to experience one of the smartest traditional dances from one of the traditional dance team.
This moment was far more accompanied with networking and lasting photo sessions with friends and colleagues from the entire time of the conference and the guests.
It is a moment you are about to departure and it could be obvious that, that very conference has been a life changing event and worth going again and again.
To this moment, this particular modal UN conference transformed me in a hundred new ways, introduced me to a hundred new friends, and matured me to a skilled leader, a public speaker, organizer and a great negotiator.
The cutting edge simulation taught me better research skills and introduced me to a new culture and opened a door to a more visionary and talent realized young profession, though 4 thematic committees with about 350 people, I am breath taken when I think of a 5000 people during TGIMUNC.
If you are a person looking for a great experience and moment in the world, if you wondering where to nourish your research skills, public speaking abilities, team work, networking and making friends, if you are aspired to be a global citizen and step to the foot of being a global and country ambassador with cutting edge parliamentary procedures, ethics and guided by the United Nations code of conduct, TGIMUNC is a perfect fit for you.
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